Multimedia framework

Neil Stevens neil at
Thu Oct 24 20:29:57 BST 2002

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On Thursday October 24, 2002 12:23, Jason Wood wrote:
> On Thursday 24 Oct 2002 8:04 pm, Neil Stevens wrote:
> > Well, until someone steps up and adds more to aRts, nothing will get
> > done.
> >
> > It doesn't matter if 200 people file wishlists about what they say
> > they can't do with aRts, it doesn't matter what video apps people
> > want.  Unless someone codes the wnated features, or pays someone to do
> > it, we're stuck with what we've got until KDE 4 when we break BC.
> I do agree.
> However, I have to ask the question at this point: if GStreamer is
> already on the right track to a multimedia architecture that can provide
> everything that everyone wants (I still haven't looked into GStreamer &
> aRts enough to see if this is the case), then why bother putting in all
> of the manhours to add video support properly to aRts, when we can
> essentially just patch aRts up with a short term video solution and
> consider GStreamer as the long-term solution for KDE?

I agree, if you have no interest or commitment to aRts, it's a waste of 
your time to work on it.  But *your* lack of commitment isn't a valid 
criticism against aRts.  Your bias toward making KDE depend upon an 
unproven system based on a crude programming language is not in itself a 
reason to replace aRts.

> At the end of the day, if I have the choice to spend the next year
> writing a video framework into aRts, or wait 9 months for GStreamer to
> mature and then spend three weeks updating the C++ wrappers around it,
> then I for one would prefer the time to work on other things :-)

That's fine.  You can wait.  Others will act.
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